Among the largest vehicles on the roads and highways of the United States are 18-wheelers and semi-trucks. It is not uncommon for these massive vehicles to travel side by side with smaller passenger cars, motorcycles, cyclists, and pedestrians. Because of their sheer size, these commercial trucks are a significant threat to the occupants of passenger vehicles. Consequently, when commercial trucks crash with smaller vehicles, the drivers and passengers often sustain serious or even fatal injuries.
At Needham Kepner & Fish LLP, our San Jose truck accident attorneys have decades of experience representing bicyclists, drivers, motorcyclists and pedestrians who have been injured in collisions with commercial trucks, tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers. Because of their massive weight, commercial trucks cause a disproportionate number of traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and wrongful deaths.
Trucking accident cases are complicated because commercial carriers are governed by a host of federal regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates virtually every aspect of trucking. These regulations include driving restrictions, inspections, maintenance and loading methods.
The regulations also require drivers and trucking companies to keep detailed logbooks that document maintenance history, how long the driver has been driving and other important data. When trucks collide with cars, motorcycles or bicycles, these records are critical to proving negligence.
Our truck crash attorneys can determine who is liable in a trucking accident. We investigate the logbooks to uncover regulatory violations, and consult with experts to determine whether the logbooks were doctored after the accident.
Commercial vehicles typically have obstructed views, limited maneuverability and require longer braking time. Drivers of passenger vehicles can follow these tips to stay safe around trucks. However, truck drivers must have the proper training and experience to safely drive these unwieldy vehicles.
Our trucking accident lawyers investigate all potential sources of compensation, including the driver, the trucking company and the manufacturer of any defective parts.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a trucking accident, consult our experienced personal injury attorneys as soon as possible. We can answer your truck accident questions and begin gathering evidence for your case.
Our lawyers are available for weekend and evening meetings. We handle injury cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you pay us nothing unless you recover compensation.